Internationally ranked athlete strives to redefine tough

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – June is Men’s Health Month, a time focused on the early detection and prevention of disease in men around the world.

As people across the country focus on physical health, an internationally ranked athlete says it’s time for men to redefine “hardness” with mental health in mind.

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June is Men’s Health Month

In month of awareness and prevention, Charlotte athlete says mental health should be part of the conversation

Now he shares his story to encourage others to redefine ‘hard’

On a usual day you can find Taylor Self training or working out behind the desk at CrossFit Charlotte

Taylor started CrossFit four years ago after his sister brought him in for a session.

He is now ranked 49th in the world for CrossFit.

Taylor says that while fitness is part of the reason he practices cross fit, it also supports his sanity and his path to sobriety.

“I think a lot of young men around the world, not just in our country, don’t have a strong influence, and AA gave me that and CrossFit gave me that, which really changed my life,” Self said.

Alcoholism reigns in his family. He says he started drinking after his father died.

“It was a catalyst for change. I kind of dove into the depths when this happened and I had all the excuses I needed to do what I wanted, ”he said.

But since then he has moved away from that life, claiming that CrossFit helps him focus and decompress when stressed.

“Getting sober gave me a lot of spiritual and mental tools, which helped me to be a tougher person to help me manage in the gym,” Self said.

Taylor says he wants others to know that hardness isn’t just about physics.

“It takes more tenacity and security to be vulnerable, and I think that’s what people don’t realize is that it doesn’t take someone very tough to pretend that things don’t. not affect. It just shows you that they are really scared, ”he said.

He encourages others to find a community that will support vulnerability and consider men’s mental health.

Self will be competing in the NoBull CrossFit Games during the first week of July.

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